Have you seen those super fit pregnant women and the new mom’s who bounce back within a month of having a baby? Yeah that wasn’t me. Let’s not hate on them, even though we are envious…..okay actually super jealous, but applaud whatever they did to get there. Now back to the rest of us.
I gained weight without even trying with baby #1, 58 *cough cough* lbs. I stayed fairly active during my pregnancy, but surely not my normal regimen. Because I stayed active, along with a lot of running post baby, I was back in my bikini 9 months later. But before you jump on the hate wagon, baby #2 was much different. At 15 months post baby, I’m still a work in progress. This time around I only gained 45 lbs, okay strike the only that’s still a lot, but I had a broken tailbone towards the end of my pregnancy so activity became limited.
Start of the Journey
Having a baby in May 2016, my goal was to be back in a bikini by the summer of 2017. A whole year seemed VERY realistic. By June I had already lost 25 pounds without effort, I guess that’s why they tell you to keep your weight gain to 25 – 30 lbs……. moving on! I felt motivated and positive, I even thought I might fit back in my jeans for the Fall! I started working out on maternity leave and seemed to jump back in easier than I expected, you know the whole tailbone thing could have been a major set back. Then I had to go back to work…
Of course, as soon as you get into a groove, it changes. With work, still nursing/pumping, and dealing with everyday life my momentum hit a wall. I couldn’t find ample time to workout, and even when I tried I felt awful. Between exercise, eating healthy, nursing, and stress I nearly passed out a number of times. I felt defeated and really cut out exercising. That’s when the sense of failure came in, especially seeing the other fit new moms. I wasn’t bouncing back, I wasn’t motivated, and I was just trying to keep up with my exhausted self.
Before I knew it, I was 9 months post baby. I was DEFINITELY not bikini ready. In fact I had barely lost any weight beyond the first 25 lbs. Talk about depressing. This was the moment I knew I needed to kick it in gear.
Right around this time our sweet 13 year-old dog Roxy started suffering from seizures, I know, one more thing to the list! She now required medicine every 8 hours, which meant, in order to give her medicine during our work lunch break, her first dose needed to be at 4:30 AM. Say what! Well that was just the motivation I needed to workout. At 4:30 AM I gave Roxy her medicine and then went to the basement to workout (even if I sometimes had an early riser join me).
The Plan, The Struggle, The Status
- Stop Nursing
This relieved a lot of issues and stress. Plus I had a freezer supply and Little Control Freak the 2nd was eating real food like a champ.
I started the P90X3 program which meant 30 minutes a day for 90 days, I can do this! 30 minutes a day was not only doable, but a great way to ease back in.
- 30 Days In…
I lost 2 pounds, and 3 inches overall. Okay not what I was expecting, but I didn’t blink. I must be building muscle!
- 60 Days In… Weight is Only a Number
I only lost 1 additional pound, but 3 more inches. This was a blow, I thought it would be melting off by now. That’s when I realized I needed to stop focusing on numbers. I was feeling great, I was definitely more fit, and realized I needed to be patient. This was going to be a marathon and not a sprint. This post with pictures that prove weight is just a number was helpful and put things in perspective.
- 90 Days In…
After 90 days of P90X3, running on lunch breaks, and eating healthy I had lost a total of 6 pounds and 9.25 inches. This was not on top of the 60 Days, this was the total! Yes it was progress, but WTF! Why couldn’t I lose the weight. I was extremely frustrated and getting bored with my workouts. After seeing a Facebook Ad I decided to switch it up.
- Buti Yoga
Yes it sounds silly and looks silly, but OMG it is a workout! After 90 days of Tony Horton I could barely keep up with this chick, who BTW recorded her DVDs 12 weeks post baby….. let’s just say I have a whole new respect for the Yogis of the world. Within 2 weeks of this new program I saw a difference. I was losing more weight and toning quickly.
- Rest Period
In June I had a lot of issues with my asthma (you know the asthma I didn’t have until I was pregnant, the irony). I had to cut back on workouts while I was sick and rest. Oddly enough, I lost weight. Who knew! I realized I needed more rest, more food, and to maybe cut back on how hard I was working out. My body wasn’t recovering and therefore wasn’t letting go of those extra lbs.
- DIY Workout Program
That brings us to July. I created my own workout plan with all the different things I like to do (Buti Yoga, P90X3, swimming, running, biking). My schedule included more rest days and even allowed for more food. Magically the weight and inches started to melt away. Like to the point people asked what I was doing *swoon.*
- 15 months post baby…
Now at 15 months post baby, I am at my pre-baby weight, but not my goal weight. And pre-baby weight does not mean i’ll be strutting around the pool in a bikini, i’m still not back to my old body. I plan to keep going and get in the best shape I can without stressing myself out.
Moral of the story. Focus on what makes you happy and healthy (not the numbers), find out what works for you (workouts aren’t one size fits all), and most of all be patient (you went through a lot to bring that life into this world, cut yourself a break).